Wildlife | Birds in Berkshire
frugilegusTurdus philomelosAccipiter nisus
Most noticeable are the sharp decline of the house sparrow, song thrush and starling, and the rise of the collared dove.
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- Red kite - Fork tailed bird of prey persecuted by keepers and egg collectors. Reduced to one female in Wales before Britain's most successful reintroduction programme, 2,500 pairs predicted by 2010
- Blackcap - Sweet singing wood and scrub warbler. Big population expansion into Northern England and Ireland. 620,000 pairs
- Hobby - Britain's only migrant bird of prey. Once a rare visitor to Southern England; now has spread North and increased to more than 600 pairs.
- Magpie - Continues to thrive despite persecution, population has increased to more than 910,000 pairs.
- Siskin - Found in coniferous plantations originally only found in Scottish forests, now 360,000 pairs
- Nuthatch - Once common only in Southern England, now expanded to Scotland and colonised all of Wales.
- Red Backed shrike - Victim of farming intensification and egg collectors. Disappeared from East Anglian heathland about 1990
- Lapwing - Fast running out of food and habitat because of changing agricultural practices. Population in freefall, estimated 126,000 pairs.
- Corn bunting - forced out by farming intensification. Possibly extinct in Ireland and having a bad time in Britain. Fewer than 20,000 pairs
- Turtle dove - declined by 85 % from English farmland in 25 years, down to 50,000 pairs
- Skylark - Victim of farming intensification & thus loss of favourable habitat, 2m pairs
- Spotted flycatcher - Another victim of farming intensification. Less than 100,000 pairs
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